Why just post mashups on a Monday, when I can also bring you a great 1991 Megamix?
For my first Megamix Monday, I’ve got something special. It’s one of the oldest 90s Megamixes that Hitz ever played. It’s from one of the great DJ remix services of the 90s. I believe it’s the first song Hitz ever played on the radio.
But first.. what IS a megamix?
A megamix (sometimes called a ‘medley’) is a combination of 3 or more songs edited together. They differ from mashups in that mashups are made of acapellas (pure vocals) and instrumentals whereas megamixes are more often made from complete parts of songs.
Hot Tracks is one of the longest-running subscription-only DJ remix services in the world. And back in the 80s, DJs would receive LP records of remixes in the post every month or two. In the 90s it was CDs. They were all labelled as being “for professional working DJs only”.
Hot Tracks CDs were NOT intended for a bunch of meddling kids to buy them at DJ shops, then play them on the radio.
But that’s what we did.
Hot Tracks put out fantastic club-length remixes of the big songs of the time. And at the end of each year, they’d do a huge ‘end of year’ medley which ran 12-13 minutes.
Now, that 1991 Megamix…
Hitz FM began their first ever broadcast with The Hot Tracks Best of 1991 Medley; 13 minutes and 36 seconds of 90s audio perfection. It smoothly moves from 98 to 126 BPM, from Enigma’s Sadness Part 1 through to La Tour’s People are Still Having Sex. (The latter has not aged well. I know.) Finally, and most importantly for a 90s megamix, it boasted lots of cheesy samples like those ones from “Hifi testing records”… you know.. ‘my voice should be at the centre of both loudspeakers…’
And, there’s more…
Hot Tracks end-of-year medleys featured in subsequent Hitz broadcasts, and I’ll be showcasing them in future mashup Mondays. But for now, you can start streaming the audio below.
And turn those speakers up!
So, got any favourite megamixes? Hit me up in the comments…